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State should pay taxes, not buy land

August 18, 2012
The Leader Herald

The Aug. 6 edition of The Leader-Herald reported New York state bought 69,000 acres of Adirondack land for more than $49 million. The Aug. 8 edition of the paper reported the Hudson River-Black River District, a state authority, must pay $1.66 million in unpaid county, town and school district taxes within 10 days of a state Supreme Court order.

How is it that New York state can come up with $49 million to buy land, but cannot afford less than $2 million to pay its tax bills? I know, I know - the funds for land acquisition are probably from a special environmental fund. Well, I have an idea for New York state. Why not set up a special fund to pay your bills? My personal bill-paying fund is called a checking account.

If a private citizen tried to buy land while owing back taxes on currently owned land, that citizen might be called irresponsible, incompetent and maybe even fraudulent. Could these same words be used to describe the way New York state conducts its business?





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